Friday, May 11, 2007
Room for Improvement: Mother's Day Living Room
After tying the knot, having a baby and moving into a new house, not everyone can keep their same old furniture. So, on tonight's Room for Improvement, Martin Amado surprises a woman with her Mother's Day wish.
WSVN -- Today's homeowner recently had a new baby and moved into this new house, so, as you can imagine, she is a bit overwhelmed and has no time to decorate the space. But, have no fear, Room for Improvement is here to make her Mother's Day wish come true.
Martin: "All right, Loyda, so how long have you lived here?"
Loyda: "Four months."
Martin: "I love the paint color already. OK, so what's wrong with the furniture right now?"
Loyda: "It's too dark. This furniture, my husband brought it from Germany when he was in the Army, his bachelor days."
Martin: "The bachelor days are gone."
Loyda: "Yeah, it's got to go."
Let's begin by getting rid of all this furniture. First of all, the scale is wrong for the space, and, also, the dark color does nothing for the living room -- very dark and gloomy.
A bit Asian inspired -- has to go as well.
So all we have left in the space is this lonely television set -- not the most attractive thing to be looking at, but I'm going to give you an idea for a cheap fix.
So now, to unify the two bookcases, I'm going to use this floating ledge here in the very center. This gives us the complete look of an entertainment center but for much less.
When you have an open bookcase, obviously with no drawers, these decorative boxes are the perfect solution. They look great and provide storage inside.
This is the only piece that survived the makeover, besides the television, and I found the perfect home for it right over here.
And now we have the color that Loyda wants in the living room.
Now, these cushions came with the couch, and these came with the chairs, but, by turning them around this way, it just ties all the pieces together.
So, for the final touch, I'm taking some apples I found in the pantry and placing them inside this bowl for instant decor. Let's hope Loyda likes it.
This morning, the living room lacked any sense of style. So we started from scratch and created a casual, yet contemporary environment perfect for Loyda's family -- all for a budget of under $2,000.
Martin: "Here we go, Loyda. Are you nervous?"
Martin: "Just think back to what the room looked like this morning."
Loyda: "Wow, this is beautiful. I love it."
Martin: "To all the mom's out there as well, happy Mother's Day to you too. Thanks for watching. We'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement."
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